Beast (2017)

If you are a fan of psychological crime thrillers and you like your plots held together by intelligently crafted, fully fleshed-out characters, then Beast is going to be a real treat.

Light on violence, heavy on intrigue and dread, this directorial debut by Jersey-born Michael Pearce sees him cleverly interweave the claustrophobic qualities of his small island homeland into the fabric of his characters’ lives.

Beautifully complex roles written for the lead gal, lead guy, and the gal’s mother (bejaysus, the mother!) come screaming to life through the exquisite performances of the main actors.

It is always refreshing to find a great piece of art in this wonderful genre which is hampered by the deluge of unsophisticated crap that masquerades as psychologically thrilling. Beast is the real deal and, I dare say, you’re going to lap it up.

Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those of you who cannot resist:

You can find more information on this American movie on WikipediaIMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Production Details

Title: Beast

Director: Michael Pearce

Year, Country, Language: 2017, Great Britain, English

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James (click here for full cast)

Screenplay: Michael Pearce

Cinematography: Benjamin Kracun

Editing: Maya Maffioli

Score: Jim Williams



  1. Well Shimky, what a coincidence! You come back after months of absence, and post this just after I added the film to my Amazon wish list tonight. Who’dathoughtit? That Jessie Buckley is the real deal. She was good in BBC’s War and Peace, and outstanding in ‘Taboo’.
    Cheers mate, Pete.

    1. Hello, Pete, me old mate. I’ve not seen her before but she’s fantastic in this. You’re gonna love it!

      It’s always very good to hear from you!

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